All I can say is this was delicious.  I have a ton of rhubarb currently growing out in the backyard AND had an ice cream craving at the same time.  When I went searching, I found this recipe and fell in love with the combo of the tart and creamy rhubarb with the crunchy, hearty oat cookies.  I think I might make ice cream sandwiches out of the two next time…yummmm….

Rhubarb Ice Cream with Oatmeal Shortbread

Ice Cream

3- 3 1/2 cups Rhubarb chopped in 1/2″ chunks
2 oz. (1/2 stick) butter
1 Vanilla bean, seeds removed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar, not packed
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk

7-10 drops cherry blossom extract (optional) – Rose water would be lovely as well

Combine the Rhubarb, butter, vanilla bean and seeds, vanilla extract, sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan. Cover and place on medium-low heat. Simmer until Rhubarb is soft. This should take about 15 minutes.
Remove the lid and break up the Rhubarb with a wooden spoon. In a medium bowl combine the cream and milk then add the braised Rhubarb. Add the cherry blossom extract if you are lucky enough to have some. Let chill completely.
Churn in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Oatmeal Shortbread

1 1/2 sticks butter, softenend
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tb. white sugar
1 yolk
1 tsp salt
1 Tb. vanilla extract
3/4 cup ground oatmeal (this can be done in a blender or food processor)
1 cup flour

Cream the butter and the sugars until light. Add the yolk and salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the vanilla. Add the ground oatmeal and flour. Stir just to combine.
Roll into a 2″ log then wrap with parchment and chill.
Preheat oven to 350*.
Slice chilled log into 1/4″ discs – if you want them to look perfect use a 1 1/2″ round cutter. Sprinkle the tops with oatmeal then bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
Let cool on a wire rack then serve with your ice cream.

(From Not Without Salt–a blog you should be reading, if you’re not already)

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